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Baltimore mayor urges Trump to reconsider Memorial Day visit to Fort McHenry with city under stay-at-home order

Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun on

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Hogan, who was first elected governor in 2014, did not endorse Trump in 2016 and voted instead for his father for president that year.

Hogan was recently asked about this year's presidential election and said he would "pass" and "figure that out in November."

Hogan did not attend Trump's past visits to the Baltimore region, including a campaign swing in 2016 to a military convention in the city and a diner in Dundalk. Hogan also did not attend Trump's speech at a retreat for congressional Republicans in Harbor East last year.

Hogan did, however, tour a produce warehouse in Laurel last week with members of the Trump administration and one of the president's daughters, Ivanka Trump.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Young, said if the president does still visit Fort McHenry, the Baltimore Police Department will handle the security and logistics involved with Trump's visit in the same fashion as past presidential visits. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

"The Baltimore Police Department is well-versed in these types of visits and has been handling the stay-at-home orders," Davis said. "They'll be more than capable to deal with whatever crowds come."

The last time Trump came to town, for the congressional event in September, opponents and supporters -- but mostly opponents -- demonstrated for hours at the Christopher Columbus Piazza. The demonstrations were capped with a barrage of profanity as the president's motorcade sped by.

 

Such demonstrations would not be allowed under the city and state pandemic orders.

Officials have allowed some public demonstrations to proceed, however, despite the rules against large gatherings. Participants in the "reopen" movement have held a couple of rallies in protest of stay-at-home orders in Annapolis, Kent Island and Salisbury without incident in recent weeks.

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